When I found out that 107 Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace was opening a female-centric art show entitled SuperWoman! (with almost 28 different artists), I knew I had to reach out to owner/curator Kristin J. DeAngelis.
Kristin DeAngelis, Curator
“Since knowing we were moving forward with the art gallery last summer, I knew I needed to have this show,” she told me, “I have always believed in the power and strength of women.”
“My mom had a tough life growing up, so her convictions became mine. Be able to support yourself and stand on your own – financially and emotionally. Be strong. Have confidence. Be proud of who you are. Take responsibility for your actions. Don’t give up. Have grace. Be grateful. At times you will need to be a super woman.
I wanted to give a voice to the SuperWoman – to celebrate these women. This becomes even more important in the current climate.”
Theda Sandiford, Mixed Media Artist
SuperWoman! includes mixed media artist Theda Sandiford’s piece Inner Beauty. The colorful collage depicts “the amazing woman that lives inside me and inspires me to action even when I don’t feel up to the task.”
“There are plenty of woman artists,” Sandiford says, “but our voices are often under represented in the art world establishment. This show is an important vehicle for all artists to celebrate women of all persuasions.”
Artist Statement on Inner Beauty: We all wear masks. Masks to pretend, to hide or just to put our best face forward in a selfie. I construct masks to protect myself from my fears. What may start off as an ugly statement about myself, in the end, becomes something beautiful. I transform found and meticulously collected materials into mixed media works, photograph the process and then digitally manipulate these images to extend the narrative as part of my personal mythology. Fragmented identity juxtaposed with the existence of infinite possibilities is a recurring theme in my work.
Ekaterina Abramova, Painter
“We are super powerful,” painter Ekaterina Abramova begins, “but only when we understand and appreciate the uniqueness in each of us,” artist,
Abramova’s piece, Trika’s Dwelling and the Divine Mother Kali, is acrylic on canvas.
“This kind of show is important, says Abramova, “because it’s showing the power of women’s nature. It’s not same as a man’s power. Our power from our intuitions, from our emotions, from our sensitivity. We are not equal! We are powerful, but only when we understand and appreciate the uniqueness in each of us. The harmony in woman will be when we take a middle way between eastern and western worlds.”
Artist Statement on Trika’s Dwelling and the Divine Mother Kali: Just like the black color absorbs all other colors, so as Kali absorbs and contains in Her all thinkable and unthinkable forms and manifestations of God, — from the most merciful and blissful to wrathful and destructive. The song of immeasurable fullness of Reality in the Mother of all mothers. Trika’s Dwelling is the only genuine, since it holds everything and constantly manifests itself in everything.
Nancy Tompkins, Painter
Nancy Tompkins, a painter included in the show, agrees that “it has always been important to recognize and celebrate women. But since January of this year,” she says, “it has become even more important to do so.”
Her piece, Homage to Caroline Tesdahl Nelson in Dakota Territory, 1892, was created in memory of her great grandmother, Carrie Tesdahl Nelson, who was born in 1862 to Norwegian immigrants in Iowa.
Artist Statement for Homage to Caroline Tesdahl Nelson in Dakota Territory, 1892: She married my great grandfather, who also came from Norway, and they built a sod house and farmed on the plains of Gann Valley, Dakota. My great grandmother had 17 babies, many of whom died as children (one swallowed a screw, another drank infected milk and died of TB), and several others who committed suicide.
Carrie sent 5 of her children off to college, including my grandmother. It was pretty unusual for Iowa farm kids, especially girls, to go to college in the 1920s. When I made this painting, I was channeling the artist Grant Wood (another Iowan) whose work conjures up a kind of romantic vision of the Midwest: stoic, wholesome, yet slightly sinister.
SuperWoman! opens at 107 Bowers Gallery and ArtSpace on Saturday, March 11th from 4-8 pm. The show runs through April 2017.